In re Justin Amash
May 15, 2014 Leave a comment
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In between celebrating his visit to Google and Buzzfeed’s New York headquarters and praising the achievements of the American defector Edward Snowden, Amash re-tweets the messages of Snowden’s enabler Glenn Greenwald. While Amash is unsure about a pardon for Edward Snowden, he wants to see James Clapper removed as the Director of National Intelligence and prosecuted for lying to Congress, while the current NSA Director, General Keith Alexander, is a greater threat to American liberty than the nation’s adversaries. Not only is General Alexander and the NSA guilty of un-American activities, so was President George W. Bush, for he “suspend[ed] the U.S. Constitution.”
Amash further claims that “the U.S. government has come out in full force against you, the American people. I will always stand with you.” For his efforts to restrict the nation’s intelligence community, Amash has won the praise of such outlets as Mother Jones magazine. It hailed him for sponsoring a bill that is one of the NSA’s “worst nightmares”—Amash, of course, immediately retweeted the piece. In arguing for American restraint against those who intend to harm the United States, Amash discards the principles of the American founders in favor of Captain James T. Kirk, a political philosopher of some renown: “there will always be those who mean to do us harm. To stop them, we risk awakening the same evil within ourselves.” Apparently, according to Captain Kirk as channeled through Congressman Amash, the United States government runs the risk of mirroring the tactics of Al Qaeda.
The second page of the article above has some interesting details on the Founders’ attitudes toward government surveillance.
The Smith–Amash amendment would force the government to send any al-Qaeda member captured in the United States directly to federal court. If this amendment becomes law, it would limit a President’s flexibility and take off the table lawful military detention and lawful interrogation for intelligence purposes. For these and other reasons, the proposal is unwise.
Despite over-the-top claims to the contrary, last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) does not impact the conditions under which a U.S. citizen may (or may not) be detained. In fact, section 1021 of the NDAA is explicit: The law regarding how U.S. citizens are handled, including the right to habeas corpus, is the same today as it was the day before it was passed.
As Twitchy reported, earlier today, Sen. John McCain cracked a joke likening Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey. Outrage was limited just about exclusively to race-obsessed libs, with one notable exception: Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash. He took to Twitter to make like a lib and throw the race card. Because why the heck not?
And so on.